Launching our £80,000 education fund

Posted by / Thursday 19 January 2017 / Press release
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Families in need across the UK will receive grants for uniforms, text books or new school shoes through a joint education fund from Action for Children and consultants, Turner & Townsend.

The £80,000 fund was set up through our partnership with professional services consultancy Turner & Townsend and the money will provide grants of up to £50 per family for school essentials.

Mary O’ Hagan, Fundraising Manager at Action for Children, said:

“Many children are living in families that are barely managing, with little spare money to pay for the basics all children need for school such as decent shoes or books. A lack of basic equipment or a decent uniform can have a serious impact on children’s ability to learn and in turn lower educational attainment can lead to lower paid jobs in the future, perpetuating the cycle of poverty. We aim to break the cycle and help create opportunities for children to achieve their potential – this new fund is a welcome addition to our work across the UK.

“We are extremely grateful to Turner & Townsend for their tireless efforts and generous donations to provide a little extra for struggling families.”

Jon White, Managing Director for Turner & Townsend, said:

“It’s a huge achievement to have raised £80,000 for Action for Children since we launched our partnership a year ago. We know that more than one in four children in the UK now live in poverty, and this can have long lasting effects on their educational achievements. We’re proud to be helping make a difference to so many lives.” 

"We aim to break the cycle and help create opportunities for children to achieve their potential – this new fund is a welcome addition to our work across the UK."

Mary O’ Hagan, Fundraising Manager at Action for Children